Chocolate For Breakfast // Week 49

The editing continues from last week's wedding. Family session is wrapped up and now its time for some serious sleeve rolling up and focusing. I need to get the number down from 1111 ( I have a thing about 1111) to around 200-300. I started taking screen shots while I worked on them, a future post about workflow is in the making. I should write about backing up too as one of my friends recently lost ALL of her photos when their RAID system failed. (shudder) she shared this article which I will pass along here. A good reminder for all to back up your stuff. Hard drives, Drobos, Cloud storage is not infallible. I've been there and had to spend upwards of $800 to recover a years worth of photos and I only got 85%. It happens. I'm thinking that 2015 should be the year I have all my film digitized ...

Pumpkin Pie + Wedding Cake // Week 48

Epic week for me right here. One that can only be recapped in photos and not words because I am in the middle of editing last weekends wedding. While everyone was shopping for Thanksgiving staples like turkey, yams and cranberries I was poking fish. Buy the ones with the clearest eyes by the way. I loved the silver tones with just a spot of red. The sign shoved into the tub of ice read: "Take a photo!" Tuesday I ran into this guy in the hallway, he was visiting the dental offices selling I'm not sure what but he did have the Clark Kent thing down, black curl down the forehead and everything. I have a great boss who leaves me Thank Yous all the time. That's right I get thanked for just doing my job, pretty awesome. Me at work dreaming about the 20 pounds of potatoes I have to peel tomorrow. Wow ...

RIP Thanksgiving // Week 47

I keep saying the same thing, I'm not ready for the holidays to be here, Christmas I'm looking at you. Last week I attended an event that hasn't holiday theme (and I appreciated that seeing how we were only two weeks in Thanksgiving, but the shopping mall (a beautiful outdoor collection of stores) had already raced ahead Turkey day successfully squashing my hopes of letting the feeling of fall linger just a few more weeks longer. Decorations adorned every sign, kiosk and lamppost and Christmas carols were being pumped in through hidden speakers throughout. I grumbled as I fought my way through the crowds who had lined up to watch the lighting of the 100 foot tree. I get it, its a short shopping season again with Turkey day falling so late in the month but GEEZ can we at least vow to not start everything until we've taken that last ...

My Social Book Review & Coupon Code

A few weeks ago I saw another blogger on Facebook pose the question that went something like: would you want a copy of your Facebook 'life' captured and then print and bound to enjoy offline.  The answer in my head? Heck Yeah !?!  You mean order a copy of all my status updates, photos, memes, jokes and captions from Facebook and bind them into a tidy little book? Uh,  yes please.  To think of all the would be digital memories just hovering above aimlessly in a cloud, now printed  in a book I can enjoy. Can we do this for my blog too I wondered? Formally known as Likebooks,  My Social Book is not a new kid on the block. In 2012 they won an award for innovation which garnished them lots of press and glowing reviews. I poked around and read through some comments and someone had mentioned a 20% coupon floating around. ...

Splendidly // Week 46

Monday Ice skating. This can not possibly be good for her ankles. Or her knees. Which reminds me I need a good orthopedist for her. She is so pronated when she runs knees in feet flaring, its almost too painful for me to watch. I think pilates would actually be perfect for her but I just can't see her having the patience to master micro movements.  Contrary to her expression she had a great time and I loved just getting outside again. These two grabbed my arm as we walked by Urban Outfitters and screamed PHOTO BOOOOOTH! Tuesday I was back in the dentist chair to get my permanent crown. I let her give me lidocaine (mistake) and had to wait out the arrhythmia, it was pretty bad for a few minutes. I swear its a wonder I get enough blood to this brain of mine sometimes. The tooth was pretty angry all week ...

Highlights // Week 45

I just looked at my library in Lightroom (my photo editing software) and there are no photos from last week. So here I am, a week where I really haven't been shooting much. I have two rolls, half exposed, in the Mamiya, but I'm getting stingy with my shooting (spending) coming off a big month of buying stuff. Also, a tire warning light just came on and that means more spending is on its way, plus we are filing 5 college apps on Monday,$420 *poof* *gone*.  Parents of high school seniors can you feel me? Its funny when I start seeing my bills creep up I don't think about how can I reduce spending, rather how can I generate more money, hence I spend my weekend restocking the ol' ETSY store.  With that came the reintroduction to a couple programs I used once upon a time, Photoshop and Illustrator. Adobe now ...

Fun Sized // Week 44

Oh how I was not looking forward to this day. Actually it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Do you remember my dental PSA post I wrote? That was almost three years ago. I started on that path with a new dentist and a renewed sense of hope that we could work down the list of 'things to do' in my mouth. Six months later my world came crashing down with Lily's accident. I remember the next time being in the dental chair crying through my story about what happened. Then the hygienist started to cry.  It as miserable.  It was obvious I had a few more important things than a crown that needed attention.  I had more things go wrong and it seemed that every time they opened a tooth they sealed it back up only to send me back to my husband for a root ...

5 Days of Instant Film | Week 43

Its been a fun week with my cameras. I have forced myself to get outside and shoot with my pack camera for Polaroid Week. These are the cameras you see often as 'props' the pop out with accordion like bellows and smell like breaking down plastic. I just know they can't be the healthiest thing to handle. It was really cool to start out Polaroid Week as a featured artist on Snap It See It, a site that is dedicated to preserving the art of film photography specifically instant photography. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the contributors at SISI, Melissa Mercado (she's standing next to me) on my trip to NYC in April. I immediately fell right in sync with her style of shooting, she is really one of the nicest people I have met. I'm so glad she decided to jump right in to our informal polawalk ...

Comfort Stuff // Week 42

I'm cooking my favorite comfort food for a friend, even if its still 85 degrees outside. I've been ready for roasted ot vegetables, soups and stews since school started but So Cal weather isn't cooperating.  I had the pleasure of making dinner for another family who's oldest just underwent some pretty extensive knee surgery, I have a soft spot for her because I too had a similar surgery but instead of fixing mine when it happened, I waited 10 years. Spring Break, 1991, final semester at college. Looking back that was not a decision I would not make lightly again. I completely derailed my studies by failing to finish college.  Anyway let's just say my ACL surgery was life altering so I wanted to help. My favorite favorite favorite fall recipe from Gourmet Magazine (2001) Boeuf Bourguignon, that's fancy for Beef Stew. Don't skip on any of the ingredients, trust me on this ...